Rhythm can be defined as the repetition of a particular feature of pronunciation. In Japanese, the consonant + vowel combinations tend to be pronounced with the same temporal length. Japanese kana, or characters usually are made up of consonant + vowel combinations, and these kana tend to be pronounced in about the same time. A single kana will take a time value of “1” and 2 kana next to each other will take a time value of “2”. The length it takes to pronounce a sound changes the meaning of the word being pronounced. For example, the word map “chizu” and cheese “chiizu” both have two syllables but chizu is pronounced with a 1-1 rhythm pattern, whereas chiizu is pronounced with a 2-1 rhythm pattern. Likewise, “ana” has a 1-1 pattern, which contrasts with “anna”, which has a 2-1 pattern.